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Cyclo (1995)

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A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals. They introduce him to the mafia-world ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Le Van Loc ...
Cyclo
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Poet (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Tran Nu Yên-Khê ...
Nhu Quynh Nguyen ...
Madam
Hoang Phuc Nguyen ...
Tooth
Ngo Vu Quang Hal ...
Knife
Tuyet Ngan Nguyen ...
Happy Woman
Doan Viet Ha ...
Sad Woman
Bjuhoang Huy ...
Crazy Son
Vo Vinh Phuc ...
Cyclo's Friend
Le Kinh Huy ...
Grandfather
Pham Ngoc Lieu ...
Little Sister
Tuân Anh Lê ...
Handcuff Man
Le Cong Tuan Anh ...
Drunken Dancer
Van Day Nguyen ...
Lullaby Man
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A young man who struggles through life by earning some money with his bicycle-taxi in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) gets contact to a group of criminals. They introduce him to the mafia-world of drugs and crime. Written by Volker Boehm

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From the director of the Academy Award Nominated film "The Scent of Green Papaya" comes a shocking new vision of beauty, passion and power.

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Crime | Drama

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2 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,109, 4 August 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,620, 11 August 1996
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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A gripping drama of love and death in Saigon
15 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is an astonishing film. It captures Vietnam as it transforms from a tightly controlled communist state to a free-market economy, with the poverty, crime, overcrowding and squalor in graphic detail. It must be one of the most dramatic portraits of Third World poverty ever put on film.

The story of a young man's descent and redemption goes back to 1930s Hollywood and the Italian neo-realists. But it is transformed by its setting in a Saigon hell-hole, and by the complexity of the characters. There are no stereotypes. Even the most vicious pimps and murderers have redeeming features. And an overall theme of a father's influence on his sons is distinctively Asian. The emigre Vietnamese director Anh Hung Tran brings a cold, sharp yet loving eye to Saigon and Vietnam. One of the greatest films of the 1990s.


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